David Cooksey works in an international school setting, and joined the Great Teaching Toolkit on an individual basis in order to fulfil his own professional development needs, as well as trialling the full offering with a view to potentially rolling it out more widely in the future. Here we speak to him about how he has made use of the resources so far.
What made you decide to go for individual access to the Great Teaching Toolkit for your professional development?
I’ve been following the progress of the GTT from its inception and was impressed by the quality and usefulness of the research and teaching tips that have come out of the work. Being in an international setting, I felt it was very unlikely that my school would sign up to the programme this year but I wanted to try things out for myself so I could push for adoption by the school in the future. The individual access is reasonably priced and so made it worthwhile for me to join.
How have you found it has helped your practice so far?
I’m doing two of the courses currently, and am finding that I already use the information in developing my own practice and have used some of the material to inform delivery of my own PD in my school. I plan to keep working through the range of courses, and have the Science of Learning Programme in my sights next. I am also exploring the range of other tools I have access to as part of the individual account, in order to find those most appropriate for my needs and context.
And what would you say to others considering it?
It has absolutely been some of the best money I have spent on personal professional development! I recommend anyone and everyone who has an interest in keeping up to date with the latest research and practice to subscribe.
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